More Plans

Sometime between right now and Friday at oh-dark-30, there will be 4 fully-formed but too-short region previews that will come out on these pages (I wouldn’t expect one before much before tomorrow night, but go ahead and click anyway). Have two big things to finish up first, plus there are still several Pacesetters to be done (waiting on response back on 3 of them).

Guys, I’m REALLY tired.

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NE Florida 2A-District 2 Pacesetter

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Daniel Mann of Columbia (138) is the Northeast Florida 2A-District 2 Pacesetter for the week of February 13-18 (Photo submitted by Debby Carroll).

Northeast Florida — 2A-District 2 Pacesetter

Name: Daniel Mann.
School, grade & weight class: Columbia, sophomore, 138.
Accomplishments: Was one of two Columbia champions at the 2A-District 2 meet last Friday night at Lincoln HS in Tallahassee, winning the 138-pound bracket with a fall and 7-4 decision.
Favorite food: Anything from Taco Bell.
Favorite restaurant: Taco Bell.
Favorite TV show: The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.
Favorite movie: The Boondock Saints.
Favorite subject in school: Chemistry.
Favorite college/university: Georgia Tech University.
Favorite wrestler: Raymond Jordan.
Favorite athlete (non-wrestler): “I don’t watch any other sport.”
Best tournament/dual experience: Border Wars.
Favorite thing about wrestling: The challenge.
Least favorite thing about wrestling: Having to eat healthy.
When I’m not wrestling, I am most likely… : Fishing, sleeping or playing guitar.
Coach Peter Whittington on Mann: “Daniel has been a fantastic addition to our room. He is one of the hardest workers I have ever seen. He truly wants to be great and is willing to earn it.”
Grandparents: Clay & Debby Carroll, Lake City.

The Pacesetter feature will be a recurring weekly feature through the end of the season in the second week of March. Have a nomination you’d like us to spotlight? Wrestlers must have exemplary record on the mat and character and sportsmanship off it as well. Drop us a line at nefloridamatmen@gmail.com with your nomination. Thank you for your support!

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NE Florida 3A-District 1 Pacesetter

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Buchholz senior Gant Moore is the Northeast Florida Pacesetter for 3A-District 1, for the week of February 13-18 (Photo by Shannon Heaton).

Northeast Florida — 3A-District 1 Pacesetter

Name: Gant Moore.
School, grade & weight class: Buchholz, senior, 132.
Accomplishments: After wrestling nearly the entire season at 138, Moore dropped down to 132 for the post-season, run, winning the Bobcats’ lone individual title at Flagler Palm Coast on Saturday.
Favorite food: Chicken tender sub from Publix.
Favorite restaurant: Dunkin Donuts.
Favorite TV show: Breaking Bad.
Favorite movie: Rocky.
Favorite subject in school: Anatomy.
Favorite college/university: University of Florida.
Favorite wrestler: Frank Cousins.
Favorite athlete (non-wrestler): JJ Watt.
Best tournament/dual experience: Winning (at) George Jenkins (in Lakeland) my sophomore year.
Favorite thing about wrestling: Winning a match you’re not supposed to win.
Least favorite thing about wrestling: Cutting weight.
When I’m not wrestling, I am most likely… : Eating.
Coach Billy Pankey on Moore: “Gant is the epitome of what you want from a wrestler. He works hard every day and has been a leader since his sophomore year. He is the current record-holder for most wins in Buchholz High School history. He is a kid of extreme high character and will do exceptional things with his life.”
Parents: Martin & Jennifer Moore, Gainesville.

The Pacesetter feature will be a recurring weekly feature through the end of the season in the second week of March. Have a nomination you’d like us to spotlight? Wrestlers must have exemplary record on the mat and character and sportsmanship off it as well. Drop us a line at nefloridamatmen@gmail.com with your nomination. Thank you for your support!

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Is It Really Tuesday Already??

OK, so here’s today’s plan, sure to fall short.

I just updated the 2A-District 3 #RoadToTheShow recap with district champion photos, which were sent to me last night. I’ve already posted two Pacesetters. I have three (Update: FOUR) more to do today. I have two (ironically, from the same district) where I haven’t heard a thing yet from the coaches involved.

As far as writing goes, I’ll be ATTEMPTING to work on the TWN 2A recap and complete that today. People have a lot of questions and hit me up with comments in the interim, and I do appreciate their willingness to reach out to me, but at the same time I’m trying to get some work done, too, so that maybe by the end of the week I can get a normal night’s sleep. I’ve had a debilitating cough for a week. My son’s starting to worry about me, and he doesn’t worry about ANYTHING.

I’ll also, after a phone call at some point today, be putting together a 1A-District 3 recap for Matmen tonight.

Then, I’ll be starting the legwork for the too-short region previews. Two will come out on Wednesday and two on Thursday. I hope. Then Friday, I’ll be out at Clay. I’ll be the one snoozing at my laptop. Probably not, but a boy can dream.

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NE Florida 1A-District 4 Pacesetter

Bishop Kenny junior Josiah McCallum (285) is this week's Northeast Florida 1A-District 4 Pacesetter for the week of February 13-18 (Photo submitted by Paul Schloth).

Bishop Kenny junior Josiah McCallum (285) is this week’s Northeast Florida 1A-District 4 Pacesetter for the week of February 13-18 (Photo submitted by Paul Schloth).

Northeast Florida — 1A-District 4 Pacesetter

Name: Josiah McCallum.
School, grade & weight class: Bishop Kenny, junior, 285.
Accomplishments: One of the stronger heavyweights in the city, McCallum won the 285-pound weight class in Saturday’s 1A-District 4 meet at University Christian, and is the Crusaders’ highest-ranked wrestler statewide (2nd).
Favorite food: Sushi.
Favorite restaurant: Fuji Sushi.
Favorite TV show: Arrow.
Favorite movie: The Fast & The Furious.
Favorite subject in school: Psychology.
Favorite college/university: Appalachian State.
Favorite wrestler: Kyle Snyder.
Favorite athlete (non-wrestler): Bo Jackson.
Best tournament/dual experience: Getting my first tech.
Favorite thing about wrestling: Getting techs as a heavyweight and being with the team.
Least favorite thing about wrestling: Wrestling last at every tournament.
When I’m not wrestling, I am most likely… : Lifting weights or eating.
Coach Paul Schloth on McCallum: “Not only is he a great kid with good manners and a great work ethic, but he is a leader in an unconventional way. He is the biggest kid and because he has a willingness to learn and work hard, I treat him the same as our light weights: sweep singles, leg rides…he is expected to learn and perform them all, which he does. The little guys see him do techniques and think, if that big guy can do it then I can as well.”
Parents: Julissa & Roy Kabalan, Jacksonville.

The Pacesetter feature will be a recurring weekly feature through the end of the season in the second week of March. Have a nomination you’d like us to spotlight? Wrestlers must have exemplary record on the mat and character and sportsmanship off it as well. Drop us a line at nefloridamatmen@gmail.com with your nomination. Thank you for your support!

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#RoadToTheShow: 1A-District 4 Recap

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Bishop Kenny wrestlers and coaches celebrate their fourth consecutive 1A-District 4 team title Saturday afternoon at University Christian (Photo submitted by Paul Schloth).

By SHANNON HEATON
Northeast Florida Matmen

JACKSONVILLE — Winning the 1A-District 4 title for Bishop Kenny is now an expectation in February, not a hope or a dream.

Saturday at University Christian, the Crusaders added their fourth consecutive District 4 title to the mix, taking half of the individual weight-class championships and leading comfortably over Bolles, 204-140.5, in the team standings.

Bishop Kenny qualified 12 wrestlers to Friday’s Region 1 meet at Clay, adding two runners-up, two thirds and one fourth-place to the seven titlists.

The Bulldogs also qualified a double-digit total for regions, sending 11 out, with one champion and four additional finalists.

Bradford finished third in the eight-team tournament, with 97 points and six region qualifiers, while Wolfson was fourth with 76.5 and seven, followed by Pedro Menendez (68.5 points, five qualifiers), the host Christians (59, four), Episcopal (49.5, four) and FSDB (32, 2). Every team but one had at least one district champion.

Below follows a summary of each weight class:

106: University Christian 8th-grader and top seed Matthew Rodriquez needed to win just one match in a 3-man bracket, and he was up to the task, falling Bolles freshman Josh Bono in 3:21 for the title, the host Christians’ only one for the day. FSDB junior Christian Miranda, who’d lost 8-0 to Bono in the semis, had a walkover in the third-place match.

113: Episcopal freshman and top seed Kyle Hopkins got a bye into the semis, where he pinned Bolles freshman Dalton Posick in 1:39. Then, in the final, he was able to keep University Christian junior Daniel Porter from scoring moves, putting together a couple of his own in a 7-1 decision for the district title. Posick rallied for two pins on the back side to take third, falling Bishop Kenny’s Reilly Gentges in 5:45 in the consi semis and then Wolfson sophomore Aries Fahnbulleh in 5:18 for third place.

120: Bishop Kenny junior and top seed Jack Delaney was the Crusaders’ first champion on the day, pinning his way through the bracket. After a bye into the semis, Delaney falled Bolles’ Chase Commander in 1:03, and had to go into the third period to pick up a second fall against Pedro Menendez sophomore Robert Iglesias, in 4:48. Bradford freshman Brian Foster, who’d lost by fall to Iglesias in 1:55 in the semis, picked off two pins on consi side of the bracket, falling FSDB’s Ty Snow in 1:54 in the consi semis and then pinning Wolfson sophomore Keayon Gray in 5:32 for third.

126: Bishop Kenny junior and top seed Garrett Tirado joined Delaney atop the top of the podium. After a bye into the semis, Tirado pinned Bradford freshman Aaron Blazs in 3:15 to set up, in the finals, a rematch of a regular-season encounter with Episcopal freshman Reid Hampton. Like that one, Tirado had it go his way, taking an 8-4 decision. Bolles freshman Julian Morris, who had lost 14-2 to Hampton in the semis, came back for two pins to take third. Morris falled FSDB’s Giovanni Viruet in 26 seconds in the consi semi, then pinned Blazs in 3:45 to take third.

132: Bishop Kenny sophomore and top seed Jack Donghit needed to win just once to win the title, and that he did, falling Wolfson sophomore Gavin Carter in 5:36. Episcopal freshman Cooper Helton, who’d lost by fall in 1:41 to Carter in the semis, had a walkover in the third-place match.

138: Bishop Kenny sophomore and top seed Andrew Slade won his second title and first with the Crusaders, for a four-peat of Kenny titles. After a bye into the semis, Slade pinned his way through the bracket, falling Bolles freshman Hunter Dixon in 3:21 in the semis, then needing nearly all of the six minutes to finish off a fall against Wolfson senior Sai Hassalla, with a pin in 5:59. Pedro Menendez junior Collin Tanner, who’d lost by fall in 4:49 to Hassalla in the semis, came back to take third, with a fall in 1:44 over Episcopal’s Robert Jackson in the consi semis, then a 10-4 win over Dixon in the third-place match.

145: Bolles sophomore and top seed KJ Fagan broke the Kenny string of titles with his win, the Bulldogs’ only title on the day. Fagan got a bye into the semis, where he falled Wolfson freshman Cameron Frison in 1:01, then he pinned Bishop Kenny sophomore Joey Cusick in the final in 5:17. Bradford senior Andrew Hetler, who’d lost by fall in 3:40 to Cusick in the semis, came back for third place, with a 42-second pin over Frison.

152: Bishop Kenny senior and top seed Sid Madison gave the Crusaders their fifth title. After a bye into the semis, he needed 49 seconds to pin UC freshman John Leone there, and then shut out Bradford senior Trevor Jones, 8-0, in the final. Leone came back to finish third, pinning Bolles freshman Derrick Champine in 2:19 in the third-place match.

160: Pedro Menendez senior and top seed Max Worthington gave the Falcons their lone district title, pinning his way through the bracket. After a bye into the semis, Worthington pinned University Christian sophomore Derrick Stumph in 1:13 there, and then picked up a second fall in the finals, this time over Bolles senior Caleb Calhoun in 2:27. Stumph rallied from the loss in the semis by pinning FSDB’s Liam Von Mahr in 4:50 in the consi semi, then decisioned Bishop Kenny senior Jacob Schloth for third, 5-1.

170: Bradford junior and second seed Jesse Burch became the first non-#1 seed to win a district title Saturday at UC. After a bye into the semis, Burch pinned his way through the bracket, first fallling Bishop Kenny junior Nick Beenen in 3:49 in the semis and then pinning Bolles sophomore CJ Grimes in 1:05 in the finals. Beenen did rally back in the consi rounds to finish third, majoring Pedro Menendez’s Alex Cathcart, 8-0, in the consi semis, then decisioning Episcopal senior Christian Rickey, 4-3, in the third-place match.

182: FSDB junior and third seed Anthony Hoyt won twice over higher-seeded opponents to take the bracket. In a 3-man bracket, Hoyt’s first opponent was Bolles junior James Omlor, with Hoyt winning by fall in 4:33. Then in the final against Bishop Kenny’s Jimmy Citrano, Hoyt won again by fall, this time in 1:06, for the Dragons’ lone title. After losing to Hoyt, Omlor had a walkover in the third-place match.

195: In a two-person bracket, Bishop Kenny senior Addison Glisson won the title with a pin in 50 seconds over Pedro Menendez junior Maxwell Gailey.

220: Bradford senior and top seed Eddie McCormick picked up the Tornadoes’ second title. After a bye into the semis, McCormick pinned Wolfson junior Keethan Seay in 2:41 in the semis, then added a second fall in nearly duplicate time, as he pinned Bolles junior Mason Yost in 2:56. Bishop Kenny junior John Alexander, who’d lost by tech fall (17-1) to Yost in the semis, had two pins on the back side, first pinning Episcopal’s Freddie Dollison in 2:08 in the consi semis and then pinning Seay for third, also in 2:08.

285: Bishop Kenny junior and top seed Josiah McCallum closed out the tournament with the Crusaders’ seventh title. After a bye into the semis, McCallum pinned Pedro Menendez sophomore Carter Payne in 1:22, but needed to go a full six minutes in overcoming Wolfson junior Ronald Brunson, 2-1, for the title. Payne then took third, winning by injury-default over Bolles junior Orlando Heggs.

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NE Florida 2A-District 3 Pacesetter

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Nartorian Lee (170) of Orange Park is the Northeast Florida 2A-District Pacesetter for the week of February 13-18 (Photo submitted by Justin Daniels).

Northeast Florida — 2A-District 3 Pacesetter

Name: Nartorian Lee.
School, grade & weight class: Orange Park, senior, 170.
State ranking: 3rd in Class 2A per The Wrestling Nation.
Accomplishments: Lee was one of five champions for the Raiders on Saturday at Terry Parker, lifting Orange Park to the team title. Lee had two bonus-point victories at districts and his first win at Friday’s Region 1 tournament at Chiles would be his 50th on the season.
Favorite food: Shrimp alfredo.
Favorite restaurant: Baskin-Robbins.
Favorite TV show: Samurai Jack.
Favorite movie: Friday.
Favorite subject in school: World history.
Favorite college/university: University of Florida.
Favorite wrestler: Isaiah Martinez.
Favorite athlete (non-wrestler): Sean Taylor.
Best tournament/dual experience: Disney Duals, beating (2016 Lincoln state finalist) Jaycie Rudd by 2 points.
Favorite thing about wrestling: Winning.
Least favorite thing about wrestling: Cutting weight.
When I’m not wrestling, I am most likely… : Chilling, playing video games and watching movies.
Coach Justin Daniels on Lee: “This being Nartorian’s senior year, he has his sights set on a podium finish at states, and is putting in the work to get there. He’s only had four losses, two to a regional rival in which he’s been able to close the point gap, and two to northern state placers. He uses these losses to push the pace at practice. He’s never satisfied with what he knows and always asks about what he can improve on and little technique changes to make him more competitive. He’s willing to sacrifice, work and learn, and those are the things that will open doors for him to do big things.”
Parent: Carniahia Williams, Orange Park.

The Pacesetter feature will be a recurring weekly feature through the end of the season in the second week of March. Have a nomination you’d like us to spotlight? Wrestlers must have exemplary record on the mat and character and sportsmanship off it as well. Drop us a line at nefloridamatmen@gmail.com with your nomination. Thank you for your support!

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